Become a Foster Caretaker!
How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption
What's New on the GSRSV Website?
Dogs Available for Adoption through GSRSV
Dogs Available for Adoption from Other
Area Rescue Groups and Individuals
Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement
How to Place a Dog through GSRSV
GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook
Is a German Shepherd the Right Breed for You?
Other German Shepherd Rescue Web Sites &
GSRSV's 2016 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2015 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2014 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2013 Rescue
GSRSV's 2012 Rescue
GSRSV's 2011 Rescue
GSRSV'S 2010 Rescue
GSRSV'S 2009 Rescue
GSRSV's 2008 Rescue
GSRSV's 2007 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2006 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2005 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2004 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2003 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2002 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2001 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2000 Rescue Record
German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley (GSRSV) is a tax-exempt
(501-c-3) charitable organization dedicated to finding good homes for
German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes whose caregivers can no longer
keep them or which are confined in animal shelters. Established in 2001,
GSRSV is operated primarily by one person, Brian Foran. I am presently
focused on placing dogs whose caregivers can no longer keep them. A
"full house" of dogs at my rescue facility, and lack of foster
caretakers limits my ability to rescue from shelters. If you're interested
in becoming a foster
caretaker, please contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or
If you are looking for a wider selection of
purebred German Shepherds in Northern California, please visit the Websites of Bay
Area German Shepherd Rescue (based in Novato), El
Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue (based in Shingle Springs), German
Shepherd Rescue of Northern California (based in Cupertino), Golden
State German Shepherd Rescue (based in Alameda), Greater
California German Shepherd Rescue (based in Modesto), and Second
Chance German Shepherd Rescue
(based in Walnut Creek).
How to find a dog to adopt from this Website:
- Click on the four selections in large font in the menu to the left, starting with
"Dogs Available for Adoption through
- If you're interested in adopting a dog available through
GSRSV, read the page
"How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV." That page describes my adoption process, and includes my adoption questionnaire and adoption contract. Please hold off on filling out the adoption questionnaire until after the next
- If you're interested in adopting a GSRSV dog, contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or
email@example.com to learn more about the dog. If the dog seems like a good match for you, I (Brian) will ask you to fill out and submit the GSRSV adoption questionnaire.
- If you're interested in adopting a dog from another rescue group, an owner, or a shelter, contact the person or shelter listed for that dog.
URGENT: GSD mix Available for Adoption at Turlock Shelter--Almost Out of
1-yo female GSD mix at the Turlock shelter is has been available for
adoption since Jan. 15 and is almost out of time. A shelter officer reported that
dog is friendly and gets along well with other dogs.
GSD rescue groups (including GSRSV) are
overwhelmed, and can't save 'em all.
Shelters have no
choice but to euthanize even the nicest dogs when people keep dumping them
like this. The dogs with the earliest available dates will be the first to
The cost to
adopt a dog from the Turlock shelter throughout the month of February is only
$40 (normally $88) , which includes
spay surgery, vaccinations, and a microchip. Two trips will be necessary:
one to adopt the dog, and another to pick up the dog the day that it's
spayed or neutered.
information about this dog, please call the Turlock shelter at
209-656-3140 and refer to her by her ID number: 1-21. Shelter hours are
URGENT: Spayed GSD-X Available for Adoption at Modesto Shelter--Almost Out
is a sweet, 2-yo spayed female GSD mix that has been available for adoption at the
Stanislaus County Shelter in Modesto since Dec. 24, 2015, and
only has until Feb. 9 before she will be euthanized
to make more space at the shelter.
fee is $90.
about this dog, please contact the Stanislaus County Shelter at
refer to ID #A437825.
Thank you to Abril Arana of Davis for fostering Zoe, starting 2-5-16
is seeking a temporary foster home for Zoe, the 5-yo female GSD mix
pictured here who is recovering from knee surgery. (The surgery was
performed on Jan 6.) Zoe should be able to return to her regular foster
home in early March.
Zoe is presently in a temporary foster home in Davis, but the foster
caretaker (Krista) needs to relocate to Eureka, CA, on Jan 26 to assist
her family. She will be staying in an apartment with her two sisters, who
already have two dogs and four cats! Krista herself has a Pomeranian (Simba,
pictured here w/ Zoe) and three foster kittens that she'll be bringing
Krista is willing to take Zoe along with her, but it's going to be one
crowded apartment, and though Zoe has been good with Krista's foster
kittens, she may not be good w/ the four resident cats. Zoe has been very
good w/ Krista's Pomeranian Simba (pictured w/ Zoe).
If you're willing to foster Zoe for about six weeks, please contact Brian
at either 916-655-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Liz Fabian is a
tireless rescue volunteer who has pulled and transported hundreds of dogs
from the Stanislaus County Shelter in Modesto for multiple rescue groups
throughout California and the Western U.S.
On Jan. 28, Liz asked
me to rescue the male GSD at left (who I named "Lucky"), because another
GSD rescue group had turned it down for what they interpreted as "severe
dog aggressiveness." That was the death sentence for this dog as the
shelter could not give him a further extension having already been passed
up for rescue, and he was scheduled to be euthanized the following day.
Though I rarely take
other rescuer's evaluations at face value, I was hesitant to rescue Lucky
because of the circumstances surrounding the foster home I had available.
So I passed on Lucky, even though I knew he was going to be euthanized.
Liz somehow found a
way to have the shelter give Lucky a 24-hr reprieve, and went to the
shelter to evaluate Lucky herself.
The video that she
took of Lucky and another dog speaks for itself. When she e-mailed me
the video of Lucky, I immediately agreed to rescue him.
Liz's faith in Lucky
and her persistence saved Lucky's life--no two ways about it. Lucky is now
in a foster home in East Sacramento, gets along great w/ the male dog
there, and already has adoption interest from the next -door neighbors.
Thank you, Liz, for
going the extra mile to save Lucky's life. He's a great dog!
GSRSV is a
tax-exempt public charity, as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code. All donations to GSRSV are tax deductible to the full extent of
the law. Since February 2001, Brian Foran has funded GSRSV primarily on
his own. Brian runs a large rescue facility by himself (pictured below), and
typically has more than 25 dogs to feed and care for! Many of these dogs are
either too old for adoption or have been returned to GSRSV more than once--and
thus are allowed to live their lives out at the rescue facility. Never has
Brian returned a dog he has rescued to a shelter--NEVER!
Donations have played--and continue to play--a huge part in keeping
GSRSV afloat, as adoption fees are a drop-in-the-bucket compared
with the costs of running a large rescue program.
(See the actual numbers for 2007-2011 here.)
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to GSRSV today,
either by clicking on the PayPal button below,
or by mailing a check, made out to GSRSV, to:
GSRSV, PO Box 652, Pleasant Grove, CA 95668.
can add a message to GSRSV in the PayPal payment window. Just click
"Add special instructions to the seller" and a text box will open.
Any size donation is appreciated. Please help in any way you can!
Special Donation Appeal:
$4,000 Surgery for Zoe on 1-13-16
1-16-16: Zoe's surgery
went great. Click here for an update on Zoe.
is seeking donations to help offset the cost of knee surgery for Zoe, the
5-yo female GSD mix at left. Zoe has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in
her right knee which prevents her from putting hardly any weight on her
right leg. Dr. Robert Richardson of Campus Commons Pet Hospital will perform
the surgery on Jan 13; the cost will be about $4,000.
GSRSV rescued Zoe in April
2012 from a
woman escaping an abusive relationship. Zoe was adopted in Nov 2013 after 1½
yrs in foster care, only to be returned to GSRSV in Nov 2015 due to the
death of one of the adopters' mother and a subsequent move into the
surviving parent's house.
Zoe is a great dog and is
extremely active. Without the surgery, she would essentially be a
three-legged dog the rest of her life.
If you would like to
help GSRSV with the cost of Zoe's surgery, please see
the instructions above for making a donation. If you donate via PayPal,
please click on "Add Special Instructions to Seller" and include a comment
that you are contributing to "Zoe's Surgery Fund."
Thank you for helping GSRSV
with a Purpose!
Kritika Bala of
Lone Tiger Art
is a talented artist with a passion for animals and nature--and
she truly shows it by donating 90% of the proceeds of her
commissioned paintings to animal welfare and environmental
organizations! (Yes, 90%--unheard of!)
GSRSV was the recipient of a donation in Dec 2015 by Kritika
from the proceeds
of her commissioned painting of a GSD puppy "Lexi" (see right).
If you would like to immortalize your dog or cat in a beautiful
(yet affordable) painting and help support GSRSV or another
animal welfare organization, please visit the
"Pet Project" of Kritika's
Lone Tiger Art
Don't just take your dog for a walk.....take your walk for a dog! Go to WoofTrax.com, download the
app to your smartphone, and support GSRSV every time you walk your
dog! The more miles you walk, the more WoofTrax donates to GSRSV!
can also contribute financially to GSRSV without spending an
additional cent by shopping at AmazonSmile,
Amazon.com's charitable donation program. See below.
at Amazon Smile
and Amazon will make a donation to:
German Shepherd Rescue of
ABOUT FOSTERING DOGS
dog a sacrifice? NO!
It is a pleasure!
rewards of knowing that you've saved the life of a sweet, beautiful
German Shepherd dog (or any other breed), and made that dog feel loved, are MUCH greater
than whatever inconvenience the dog may cause or the pain of letting
him or her go to a new home.
you, the German Shepherd-loving
community, will not extend a helping
hand to the numerous German Shepherds housed in area shelters and
facing euthanasia, WHO WILL?
consider fostering a German Shepherd for GSRSV! See the page Save
a German Shepherd's Life: Become a Foster Caretaker.
You Consider Adopting a Dog from a Rescue Group (including GSRSV),
Please Consider Adopting One from a Shelter!
there are certain advantages to adopting a dog from a rescue group,
those dogs are safe. Those in shelters are at high risk of
euthanasia! If you don't already know, you'd be horrified to learn
about the number of beautiful German Shepherds that are
euthanized every week in Northern California shelters.
Think you can't find a purebred German
Shepherd at a shelter? THINK AGAIN!!
have found the best Website to
search for a GSD in a shelter near you is Petharbor.com.
This Website allows you to specify breed as well as to select the
shelters from which you'd like to search for a GSD to adopt. You can
also request to receive automatic e-mail notifications when the
shelters that you specified have GSDs available for adoption.
Remember that Most Dogs with Rescue Groups Come from Shelters
GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook!
me your favorite photo and/or story of the dog(s) you adopted from
GSRSV, and I will post them on the GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook
page. Mail pictures/stories to Brian Foran at email@example.com.
Rescued Dogs Make Wonderful Companions!
that an older dog will not make a good family companion because it's
too set in its ways?" Think
Older dogs, more so than younger dogs, live to please their caretakers.
Furthermore, hip dysplasia in older German Shepherds is much less of
a problem than commonly believed, and general arthritis is readily treatable
with coated aspirin (yes, ASPIRIN) and glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. For an excellent information resource on older
dogs, see the Senior Dogs Project
Website, and their "Top
Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog."
of those who have adopted older dogs from GSRSV
Warner adopted Krista from the Sac County shelter, with GSRSV's
assistance, on 7-1-10. Here's what Bob had to say about Krista in
has become a wonderful friend--so gentle and friendly that everyone
enjoys her. She is an excellent example of why adopters should
consider older dogs."
you have or plan to adopt a GSD, you NEED to know about
"bloat!" Please read the info below.
dilation/volvulus, more commonly known as "bloat", is an
all-too- frequent, fatal event for German Shepherds. Basically,
gastric dilation refers to a condition in which the dog's stomach
fills up with air due to various circumstances. The dog's abdomen
becomes visibly "bloated", and causes great discomfort. If the
bloat persists, often what happens next is volvulus--the stomach
literally rotates on its intestinal axis, shutting off the blood
supply both to and from the stomach. At this stage, the dog usually
has only hours to live, and the condition must be treated
sooner the dog is treated, the better its chance for survival and
how to avoid bloat in your dog, and how to recognize the symptoms.
on this link to open a very informative Webpage about bloat. I
recommend printing the article and placing it where you can
immediately access it if you suspect that your dog is experiencing
bloat. Click on this link for a
printable MS Word version of the article.
Inc., is a manufacturer and retailer of amazingly effective, all-natural,
reasonably priced nutritional supplements for dogs, horses and humans. I have regularly
given a few of Springtime's supplements to the GSRSV dogs for years, and
enthusiastically endorse these products--particularly "Joint
Health"--a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement, and "Bug-Off
Garlic"--a natural flea preventative that REALLY WORKS! Please visit Springtime's
Website, and if you place an order with them as a result of this referral,
please mention that you learned of their company through GSRSV. I do not receive any
commisions--I just want the people at
Springtime to know that I'm sharing the word on their products, as they do
give me a discount on the products that I order.
Questions regarding German Shepherd
Rescue of Sacramento Valley or this Website should be directed to Brian
916-655-3125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can write
PO Box 652
Pleasant Grove, CA 95668
for listing GSRSV's adoptable (and adopted) dogs on their
Thanks also to
(www.comslider.com), a superb
slideshow development and hosting Website, for hosting GSRSV's adoption
picture slideshow free of charge.
This site is
xMatters specializes in
"intelligent communications" for businesses, particularly for the IT
component of those businesses. Many, many thanks to Troy McAlpin, xMatters'
President & CEO and a former GSRSV adopter, for graciously hosting GSRSV's Website on xMatters' servers since 2001.
Sunday February 07, 2016